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May 28, 2024 10:45 pm

GOLDSBORO, — 197 high school students from 14 schools across North Carolina will participate in Wayne Community College’s first ever Vocal Fest on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Students will spend the day rehearsing choral music with WCC’s music instructors and will get a chance to tour the campus with WCC’s Student Ambassadors.

The day concludes with a concert at 4 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium in the Wayne Learning Center (the building with the flag poles in front) on WCC’s main campus. The high school singers will be joined by WCC’s choir students to perform under the direction of Jonathan Saeger, WCC music instructor.

WCC’s faculty and staff choir will also perform in the concert with the high school directors, conducted by WCC Music Instructor Randi Chalfant.

Lisa West, WCC graduate and Rosewood High School choral director, is excited to bring her students to Vocal Fest to learn from Saeger. “I know that my students will have an influential and life-changing experience working with him,” she shared. “We are looking forward to being a part of this great festival!”

In conjunction with the festival, performance videos of student solos, duets, or small ensembles submitted by their directors will be evaluated by WCC’s music faculty to allow three winners to be showcased at the concert. The selected students will also receive coaching on their performance from WCC’s music faculty.

“I am so excited for the first WCC Vocal Fest,” said Saeger. “As a music educator, I am always trying to provide students with music-making opportunities that are special and deeply meaningful.”

The concert is free and open to the public. It will also be livestreamed on WCC’s YouTube channel.

Wayne Community College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing accommodation or has questions about access can contact the college’s accessibility counselor at 919-739-6729.